Neuroanatomy of the female abdominopelvic region: A review with application to pelvic pain syndromes

Clin Anat. 2013 Jan;26(1):66-76. doi: 10.1002/ca.22200. Epub 2012 Nov 23.


Pelvic pain can be a life altering disease. Multiple pathologies can affect this region resulting in neurologic issues. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the nerve supply to this region is important for the clinician who treats such patients. The current review outlines the anatomy of the nervous system of the abdominopelvic region with special attention to this anatomy in the female.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen / innervation*
  • Autonomic Pathways / anatomy & histology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Pain, Referred / etiology
  • Parasympathetic Nervous System / anatomy & histology
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology*
  • Pelvic Pain / pathology
  • Pelvis / innervation*
  • Spinal Nerves / anatomy & histology
  • Sympathetic Nervous System / anatomy & histology